Google finally releases the Android Wear 2.0 along with new LG Watches

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The long awaited Android Wear 2.0 update is finally here. The LG Watch Sport and Style are the first devices to launch with it. 

The Android Wear 2.0 update is the first major update since the launch of the OS. It brings many new features and promises to make the most of every minute. Possibly the biggest new feature is the new way to use apps. There is now a Play Store app for the watch and the apps are installed directly to the watch. That means way better app experience for the iPhone users.

The watch faces also get new features. They now bring more information and actions from apps. The Google Fit can now – finally – really track your pace, calories, distance and heart rate. The messaging has been improved drastically as the new Android Wear 2.0 brings keyboard, handwriting, emoji drawing and Smart Reply alongside the voice dictating. Google Assistant is also built into the OS as is Android Pay.

The new LG Watch Sport and Style are the first devices to launch with Android Wear 2.0. The Sport variant is the more high-end one with a larger 1.38″ P-OLED display, 768 MB of RAM, 430 mAh battery and IP68 certification.

The Style has a 1.2″ P-OLED display, 512 MB of RAM, 240 mAh battery and IP67 protection. Both watches are made out of metal and have Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, 4 GB of Storage and a bunch of sensors. Although, the Style doesn’t get the heart rate sensor.

The LG Watch Sport is priced at $349 and Style at $249. Sales will start on 10 February in the US.

The Android Wear 2.0 will be available for the supported watches in the coming weeks.

Current watches getting Android Wear 2.0 include: ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.

Source: Google

LG V20 goes official with Android Nougat

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LG has released the new V20 smartphone, the first device to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Last year’s V10 was one of the best phones of the year but got almost no attention from the big audience. The V20 aims to change that but uses quite similar feature set. The V20 is targeted for power users, audiophiles and spec monsters. It certainly isn’t for everyone with its bulky size and drastically customized Android experience.

The LG V20 packs a 5.7″ 1440p IPS LCD display and an additional 1040 x 160 display on top of the main one. The additional display can show shortcuts, options, memos and more. The SoC package is typical for a 2016 flagship with Snapdragon 820 CPU, Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The 64 GB internal storage is expendable via a microSD card. Android 7.0 Nougat has been heavily customized by LG.

The body of the V20 is made out of aluminium but still has a user replaceable 3200 mAh battery. The rear panel opens like a door when pushing the side button that looks like a camera shooter button. The V20 also has MIL-STD-810 shock certification. Charging is done via a USB Type-C and the fingerprint scanner is placed on the back.

The V20 has three cameras. Two rear cameras and a front facer with two modes, normal and wide angle. The rear cameras are a 16 megapixel normal camera and an 8 megapixel wide angle shooter. On the video side, LG is the first to adopt Qualcomm’s new video stabilization.

LG has focused on audio. In some markets the V20 will ship with Bang & Olufsen headphones and sound tuning. The V20 can record better audio, although the 24-bit / 48 kHz or 192 kHz doesn’t make any difference for most people, probably for no one.

The V20 will ship in three colors, black, silver and pink. There’s no information about pricing or availability.

Source: LG

LG G5 goes official with modular design

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LG has finally officially announced the G5 flagship smartphone at MWC 2016. The main feature is modularity. 

LG G5 is official with very anticipated specs. 5.3″ Quad HD display is always-on and there are two cameras on the back. Snapdragon 820 powers the thing with 4GB of RAM as expected and the battery is rated at 2800mAh.

But seriously, those specs are nothing as the LG G5 is the first modular smartphone. The bottom part of the all aluminium unibody slides off revealing the replaceable battery and allowing modular parts to be attached. At launch there are at least a camera control module and a higher quality audio module available. It’s interesting to see how the modularity inspires accessory manufacturers to bring their own add-ons to the G5.

All the good things of the G4 are still here. The SIM-tray also accepts a microSD card and as said the battery is replaceable, although a bit small in capacity. The design is a major step in right direction as the metal body has gentle curves all around. The micro USB port has changed to a type-C port which supports Quick Charge 3.0.

The camera is a major feature of the phone. There are two sensors on the back, one with usual 78-degree lens and one with impressive 135-degree lens, more than human eye can see. On the back, there is also a dual led flash, laser autofocus and a fingerprint scanner.

Unfortunately LG has done very little to improve their user interface. For example the outdated colors are back and for some reason LG has even opted to remove the app drawer.

LG releases a case for the unreleased G5

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LG just couldn’t wait until February 21. They have already released a case for the upcoming G5 flagship.

LG has released a Quick Cover Case for the LG G5 which doesn’t officially exist yet. The G5 is going to be announced on February 21 at MWC.

The case itself has some kind of mesh cover, which allows text to be readable from the screen and touch inputs to work. This enables phone call and alarm control without opening the case. LG also reveals that the G5 will have an always-on display as the case will always display time and notifications through the little window.

The phone is not visible in any of the case images so the possible body material change is still unconfirmed. According to rumors, LG will ditch the plastic in favor of a premium metal body. Also rumored are a replaceable battery and powerful specs including Snapdragon 820 SoC.

Source: LG Newsroom

LG G5 will be released on 21 February

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It looks like February 21st will be the mobile industry super day of 2016.

LG had already sent press invitation for an event to happen on February 21 about a month ago but we weren’t sure what was going to be released there. Now, LG’s Facebook page has added a gif confirming the release of the G5 flagship smartphone. Samsung is also rumored to launch their Galaxy S7 series smartphones on the same day.

Recent leaks have suggested that LG would step into the premium game with the G5. The body is rumored to be made out of metal but replaceable battery and microSD card slot should still be on board. LG is also rumored to include a fingerprint scanner and some kind of dual camera setup.

Source: LG on Facebook

LG teases MWC release as G5 renders appear

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LG has sent press invitations for a release event at MWC and at the same time we have rendered image of G5’s battery solution.

LG has sent invitations for the event with text “Play begins, Barcelona February 21.” Play can mean so many different things and the LG G4 already has high-resolution audio so we are not sure what to think about this invitation.

The more interesting thing is the rendered image that reveals LG’s plans to step up in the premium game as well as keep the replaceable battery. According to the image, the bottom of the device will slide off to release the battery. This looks very interesting because many have criticized Samsung about ditching the replaceable battery for the premium build. LG might do it right if this information turns out to be correct.

Other things to expect in the G5 are Snapdragon 820 SoC, 5.3″ QHD display and great camera performance. Hopefully LG will also clean up their UI as it is one of the worst on the flagship phones recently.

Source: CNET Korea

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition gets cancelled

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LG has cancelled the launch of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Android Wear smartwatch. 

The 2nd gen Watch Urbane was supposed to be the first LTE Android Wear smartwatch. Now LG has pulled the device just before the launch due to a complex hardware problem.

There’s no more detailed information about the issue and the device is pulled indefinetly. It’s unsure if the device will ever launch as LG hasn’t confirmed anything just yet.

Source: Android Police

2nd gen Watch Urbane brings cellular to Android Wear

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LG has updated the Watch Urbane. The 2nd generation Urbane has 4G and 3G capabilities and relatively large battery. 

LG has released the updated the Watch Urbane. It is the first Android Wear watch to feature cellular connectivity. Phone calls can now be received directly from the watch and the device doesn’t need to be connected to a phone.

The body of the watch is made out of stainless steel and the hypoallergenic elastomer band holds part of the electronics inside and therefore isn’t replaceable. The circular 1.38″ P-OLED display features a resolution of 480 x 480. The typical Android Wear specs sheet wasn’t enough for LG. The new Urbane has 768MB of RAM and a relatively large 570mAh battery. Other features are familiar, Snapdragon 400 and 4GB of storage.

The 2nd generation Watch Urbane is officially called the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. It will be available in four colors, Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White and Signature Brown. Pricing and launch date are unknown.

Source: LG Press Release

LG V10 goes official with two displays

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LG has officially announced the rumored V10 smartphone. It shares a lot of specs with the G4 but has two displays and two front facing cameras.

LG V10 has been rumored and leaked for a while but now the device goes official. It’s the premium smartphone LG teased earlier. Gone is the plastic design of the G4 as the V10 body is made out of stainless steel and silicone.

The tech specs are very similar to the G4 with a QHD display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 16MP rear camera and the removable 3000mAh battery. However the display is now 5.7″ and there’s an extra gigabyte of RAM for 4GB total. Also, there’s the second display, a small always-on stripe above the main display.

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The second display shows relevant information and acts as a shortcut panel. When the main display is off, the smaller display shows time, weather and battery information. When the main display is on, the second display shows shortcuts to apps, contacts and notifications.

The second special thing on the front side of the device is the dual front facing camera. Both cameras have 5 megapixels but different angles. One is for very wide angle selfies or “groufies” with the 120° lens and the second has more mainstream 80° lens.

The V10 will be available in Korea this month but availability in other markets is unknown. There’s five color options, black, white, beige, navy blue and baby blue. All V10 phones have 64GB of storage with microSD support.

LG V10 video – YouTube

Google releases the Nexus 6P and 5X

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Google has just announced the anticipated Nexus phones, 6P and 5X. Both phones have a great 12MP camera and a fingerprint scanner.

As expected, Google released the new Nexus phones today. The devices share a lot of features but compete in different categories. Both phones have the same rear camera, fingerprint scanner and the USB Type-C charging port. They both also run the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The camera sensor has 12.3 megapixels and 1.55µm pixel size for better low light images.

The Nexus 6P packs a 5.7″ 1440p QHD AMOLED display, metal unibody design, front facing speakers, Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3GB of RAM. The front facing camera has 8 megapixels and the battery capacity is 3450mAh. The phone measures at 159,4 x 77,8 x 7,3mm and 178 grams and will be available in October in four colors, white, aluminium, black and gold. Storage options are 32, 64 and 128GB.

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The Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p LCD display, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and a Snapdragon 808 SoC. The battery capacity is 2700mAh, front facing camera has 5 megapixels and the single speaker is located on the front. The device measures at 147 x 72,6 x 7,9 and 136 grams. Color options are white, black and “Ice Blue”.

Both devices will ship in October. The 6P starts at $499 for the 32GB model and the 16GB 5X comes at $379. The 6P competes against the very best flagships and the 5X will go against the phones like Moto X Pure Edition or OnePlus 2.

Source: Google